I have a long love of quilts, thanks to Craft Mom, who is an uber quilt artist. I’ve had a quilt fascination since the age of 14 and have marked all of the major milestones of my life through quilts. Not necessarily in creating them, but they’ve been there–like when I moved to Boulder in high school and was in the musical Quilters, where the cast quilted as part of their daily after school bonding. Or receiving the seven sisters quilt wall hanging as a present from Craft Mom for my college graduation. Or the light-weight blue gingham and white quilt I bought when I moved to California to start my career. And the most recent addition–my amazing Denyse Schmidt quilt that was a wedding present from a dear family friend.
So, clearly making a quilt was going to happen for my first born. It was just as important as knitting something for her. But I didn’t know what to make. Until I found this great vintage poppy tablecloth. I knew that I needed to keep this quilt simple, so I put the focus on the beautiful design with a gray border.
I knew that this wasn’t going to be a hand-quilted job, which is fine–I know–shameful, but fine. I was determined to use a walking foot to help it out, but alas, no walking foot would fit my trusty old Singer Featherweight, (named Stella) so I decided to go commando and just plow through. Then I realized that the plow should never be used in crafting. But alas it was too late. My beloved Stella crumpled under the pressure. I actually saw smoke coming out of that little sewing machine.
But I did what any self respecting crafter would do. Hotfooted it to the local sewing machine store (and yes, there is one on the island) and bought a new machine. NOTHING CAN STAND IN THE WAY OF MY CRAFTINESS!!! So, I splurged a bit. OK, more than a little bit, but they gave me a great credit from my trade in and a deep discount. So, it turned out to be less than what I paid for Stella eight years ago. And Stella had a good life. She made a slew of drapes, dresses, and disasters during her time–she served me well and hopefully, she’ll serve someone else as a great first sewing machine.
May I introduce you to my Janome Magnolia–who shall be known as Maggie from now on. I’m very pleased with my purchase. Janome has all metal parts and is digital. It did a buttonhole beautifully and has so many sassy little stitches that I’m sure I’ll use at least three of them this year alone.
And they gave me a free walking foot to boot. Very sweet of them, indeed!
Watch for the future adventures of Maggie shortly, who I’m sure will be tested by the craft explosion that is about to hit our new little island home over the next couple of months.